Wilson County Radio League
-Repeater Standard Operating Procedures-
The Wilson County Radio League has only open repeaters and all are welcome, however these five rules MUST be observed at all times.
1) Follow all FCC rules and regulations as specified in Part 97 at all times.
2) Act professional at all times.
Anyone can listen to our repeater with any scanner or through the internet. Be professional and courteous at all times – people judge our group and the hobby in general by what they hear on the repeater. Don’t let your behaviour give anyone a bad impression of the Wilson County Radio League or the Amateur Radio Service in general.
3) Always identify according to FCC regulations.
The FCC mandates that all amateurs ID at least once every 10 minutes and before you sign off. A good rule of thumb is to identify every time you hear the repeater ID.
4) CERT, ECC, Public Safety, and repeater trustees have priority access. If a station identifies themselves as affiliated with one of those groups, other users are required hold the air for them. Trustee or Repeater owner takes priority over ALL other stations.
5) Watch your language!
Our repeaters are G-rated 24/7. If you wouldn’t say it in front of a five year old, don’t say it here. Put simply – Absolutely NO obscene, indecent, profane, or otherwise inappropriate language or comments will be tolerated at any time.
In addition to the above rules, these “Best Practices” should be observed.
Do not routinely circumvent the time out timer.
That means don’t “break” and then key right back up and keep talking. The TOT is there for a reason. The repeater can get too hot and damage itself if it doesn’t get frequent breaks, and people probably don’t want to listen to you for 3 minutes solid. If you find yourself regularly timing out the repeater, you are making a habit of talking too long.
Leave plenty of room between transmissions.
The repeater may operate with or without a courtesy beep. In either case, let the tone drop completely between transmissions. In addition, key up for a half second before you start talking to prevent your first word from being cut off.
Keep conversation friendly.
“If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it.” Don’t talk bad about other people, groups or organizations. If you feel the need to rant, please do so privately and off the air.
To join a conversation, simply state your callsign.
The only generally accepted way to join a conversation is to key up between transmissions and state your callsign only. “Break” is typically used only for priority traffic.
Yield the frequency to those with priority traffic.
“BREAK” is used for priority traffic, while “BREAK, BREAK” is used for emergency traffic. If you hear “BREAK”, acknowledge the calling station and tell them to go ahead. If you hear “BREAK, BREAK”, STAND BY until the after the station has stated their traffic.
Do not acknowledge, intimidate, or argue with any user; member, guest, or otherwise, who intentionally interferes with system operations. Please report any and all offenses to the trustee via telephone or another private method of communication.
While common 10-codes and Q signals are allowed, keep in mind that not all users will understand what they mean. There will be a list of both 10-codes and Q signals posted on our website that anyone can download, but don’t expect all stations to understand them. In short, you can use them, but be prepared to explain their meaning.
Don’t overuse phonetics.
Unless you need to use phonetics, don’t! They take up a lot of airtime, and signals are generally strong enough there is no benefit to using them on a repeater. If you have trouble copying a station, you may ask them to use phonetics. If another station asks you to use phonetics, please do.
Remember that the repeater may shut off at any time for any reason. The trustee may cut anyone off at any time for any reason. If, however, the repeater goes down and doesn’t come back up shortly, let the trustee know of a possible equipment malfunction.
Lastly, remember that when you use someone else’s repeater, it’s like you are a guest in someone’s home. Stay professional. Be respectful. Accept any decisions the repeater owner or trustee makes – it’s their choice who and what is allowed on their repeater.
These rules and best practices may be changed at any time for any reason.